I’ve had this Bible verse on my mind for the last couple weeks and I can’t keep from dwelling on it. Its found in Ephesians 2:7 “…he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” In coming to grips with Ephesians chapter 2 you’ll notice that God reveals these immeasurable riches by simply showing kindness to us. As the praise chorus says “It’s your kindness Lord, that leads me to repentance…”
The first part of Ephesians 2 is quite severe in it’s description of the astranged gentile. It describes the unregenerate heart as being dead in sin, following the course of this world and the devil, being disobedient, carrying out the passions of the flesh and the desires of the body and thereby becoming children of wrath. Humanity is dead in sin and mortal enemies of God. Inhereted from the sins of our disobedient parents Adam and Eve, our sins condemn us and thus we are all children of wrath. Our rampant disobedience and fleshly desires have alienated us from God and made us wholly unable to approach him. We’re dead.
God’s kindness towards us is his grace given to us while we were his enemies. While we were still sinners Christ died for us. The immeasurable riches of the grace of God is simply the fact that God chose to have grace on unrepentant and undeserving sinners. Through God’s grace we’ve been made alive. By grace we have been saved.
The fascinating part in all of this is the fact that we didn’t earn this salvation. There is nothing we’ve done or could have done to save ourselves. It’s purely a work of God and thus his grace is indeed immeasurable. The grace that is lavished upon his people, though they’ve done nothing to deserve it, is a true kindness shown to us by God.
People who were once dead but are now alive are kind of a big deal. The immeasurable riches of God’s grace are revealed through the regenerate individual whose life is changed by Christ and whose new life reflects the glory of what God has done in them.